Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest
Recognizing and Developing Unpublished Canadian Poets
The  Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on
unpublished Canadian poets.

Launched by Aspiring Canadian Writers Contests Inc. in April (National Poetry Month) 2012, this poetry contest invites the participation of Canadian poets who have not published any of their original creative writing (poems or prose).

We are thrilled to have Canada's new Parliamentary Poet Laureate, George Elliott Clarke, as our contest judge & mentor for the contest in 2016!  For our official press release announcement, click here.

With the goal of recognizing and developing unpublished Canadian poets, the prizes for the three winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners) of the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest will include:

An interview with the first-prize winner will be published on Allyson Latta's website, "Memories into Story",, recommended by The Writer magazine in the 125th-anniversary issue as one of "16 of Our Favorite Writing Blogs and Websites" (March 2012). Allyson is also our contest's Editorial Consultant. To read our interview with our 2015 first-prize winner, click here.

See Prizes for more details. Visit Prizes & Winners for our announcement of our contest winners from 2012 to 2015.

In its inaugural year, 2012, the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest announced Vancouver's Poet Laureate, Evelyn Lau, as Honorary Patron and poet Catherine Graham as judge. See Contest Judge for biographies of current and past judges.

In 2016, the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest will accept entries during the same period, April 1, 2016 to June 1, 2016 with winners announced in October 2016. Click on How To Enter for contest rules and guidelines.

In 2014, we celebrated with a contest for unsigned Canadian singer-songwriters and announced our finalists and winners at In 2015, we also ran a contest for aspiring short film screenwriters .